Faculty of Commerce and Business Adminstration


Program Name
Financial Markets & Institutions.
Program Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Saber Shaker
The program
FMI Program is considered to be one of the fundamentals in developing the educational system in Egypt that is reflecting new vision and philosophy in the Egyptian universities considering the following:
1. The study in the program depends on the credit hour system.
2. The academic year is divided into two semesters, and a summer term may be added.
3. The credit hour is the measurement unit used.
4. To obtain a bachelor's degree, a student must successfully pass a hundred and twenty-nine (129) credit hours over a period of at least eight semesters - excluding summer semesters - divided into four academic levels.
5. The student prepares the graduation project (calculated as six credit hours) in one of the areas specialized in the finance sector.
6. Students’ graduation is in two semesters every year either in May / June or in January / February and no student is allowed to graduate in the summer term.
7. The student is not allowed to register any course unless he passes the prerequisites of this particular course in case it exists.
8. Prior to the beginning of every semester - on the announced dates - the student chooses to register his/her own courses.
9. The minimum credit hours for registration in each semester are (9) hours and the maximum is (18) hours. Those limits may be exceeded in graduation cases conditioned with the approval of the program supervisor.
10. After the registration procedures completion, the student is allowed to perform the following through specific forms and procedures, with the academic advisor’s help:
    • Add one or more courses within the first two weeks of the academic semester.
    • Delete one or more courses within the first four weeks of the academic semester.
11. After the student registers his/her own courses, the student may withdraw from one or more courses within the first 8 weeks of the academic semester, on condition that the number of hours registered for the student is not less than the minimum registration hours (9 credit hours) in one semester. In this case, the student is not considered to be failing those courses that he has withdrawn from and gets a "withdrawn" grade in the withdrawn course.
12. If the student withdraws from one or more courses after the specified period, a "fail" grade is given in the courses that he has withdrawn from.
13. Taking the final exam requires achieving an attendance rate that is not less than 75% of the lectures in each course and if the student’s absence rate - without an acceptable excuse - in one of the courses exceeds 25%. The Faculty Board can deprive the student of taking the final exam and “Zero" grade is given in the final exam after warning him.
14. If the student presents a compulsive excuse accepted by the Faculty Council for not attending the final exam for any course within two days of taking the exam, an "incomplete" grade will be given to him in this course, on condition that he has not been prevented from taking the final exam.
15. In this case, the student with an "incomplete" grade will have the opportunity to take the exam in this course within a period not exceeding one month from the beginning of the following semester. The final grade of the student is given on the basis of the degree obtained in the final exam plus the degree obtained in the course work of the previous academic semester.
Program Goals
This program aims to provide a highly qualified graduate who is able to combine administrative, accounting, economic, and sciences for financial markets, investment, stock exchanges, banking and non-banking financial facilities keeping up with the pace of the huge developments in the market labor and their business applications.
Program Advantages
1.It’s an abbreviation for Financial Markets & Institutions. It is an applied academic study program that aims to prepare a unique graduate to the labor market in the financial and banking sector in particular along with the financial management operations, economic evaluation, financing and investment in various economic institutions. Despite the large increase in the number of graduates of the traditional branches in the faculty of commerce, they are still unqualified to work in the financial sector in the banks, insurance companies, exchange, and stock companies, brokerage firms in securities also in other specialized financial institutions or economic institutions that need unique financial calibers having technical skills.
2.Study in the program is a unique mix of the most important courses to keep up the pace with the needs of the labor market locally, regionally and globally in the financial field, and it was taken into account in this mix that all courses should be inclusive and comprehensive to all principals, scientific theories and academic knowledge, as well as the applied and practical skills of these topics taking into consideration the extent of their compatibility with the needs of the labor market in the areas of finance and business especially,in addition to this the needs of economic business organizations, and for this mix to be compatible to the highest level of excellence and sophistication and in accordance with the latest international standards in quality and accreditation. The program is managed by highly selected teaching staff among academics and professional experiences in the financial and business sector to transfer applied experiences and market skills to our students.
The market and financial institutions program is distinguished by:
• It offers a unique specialization as it is the first program in Egyptian universities to give the student a bachelor's degree in markets and financial institutions.
• The language of study in the program is English.
• The program is based on the credit hour system, in which flexibility is an added value for the student.
• The program acquires the student with the skills and technicalities of work in the financial sector.
• The program offers a selection of academic professors from the faculties of trade and economics, along with a distinguished and fine selection of financial and business experts in the stock and insurance, banking, and banking sectors.
• An overall linkage between courses taught within the program and the requirements of the labor market, and practical application.
training within financial institutions. • Preparing a highly qualified graduate who is capable and qualified to get a suitable job opportunity.
• The availability of equipped halls and modern laboratories to teach and train students while studying, through a unique number of distinguished training courses and workshops for students during their study, where the first simulation hall for the stock exchange in Egyptian universities has already been established in the faculty building in the university campus, in addition to computer labs in Zamalek campus, It is also planned to establish simulation laboratories in cooperation with the Egyptian Stock Exchange and banks in Zamalek campus so that the student can get the highest level of science and knowledge throughout the technical applied aspect.
Areas of work and specialized programs
1. The program gives a bachelor's degree in one of the unique specializations in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, which is the specialty of markets and financial facilities.
2. Graduates of the FMI program are distinguished by their qualifications for many diverse and different job opportunities in the local, regional and global labor markets. The qualification that a student gets in the program may not only qualify him to obtain a job in the following areas, but rather to become a distinguished and brilliant expert in the future. For example, and not limited to, the graduate of the program will have opportunities available to him to work in the following fields:
    • Banks and banks.
    • Stock market and financial markets.
    • Insurance companies.
    • Brokerage firms in securities.
    • Portfolio management.
    • Financial and technical analysis.
3. Consulting offices and expert homes specialized in financing and investment and evaluating assets and companies.
4. The financial departments of the various companies, economic, commercial, service, agricultural, industrial, health… etc.
Requirements for joining the program
The rules issued by the Supreme Council of Universities, the University Council, and the Faculty Council where they have a number of conditions upon which admission to the FMI and Financial Institutions Program is accepted:
1. The student must have a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in the same academic year of admission.
2. The student has to be accepted first in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration as a regular (full-time) student, through the Coordination Office, and in the same year of admission, considering that the faculty does not accept external students in the Financial Institutions Program.
3. The minimum score for the English language will be determined in light of the indicators of coordination and admission to universities, it is also preferable for English to be the first foreign language for applicants.
4. Holders of an IGCSE with a minimum grade of (C) in the English language subject.
5. Holders of the American High School Diploma with a minimum grade of (C) in the English language subject.
6. The selection of the students in the admission process is in light of the numbers approved by the Supreme Council of Universities on the basis of the total sum of the degrees obtained by the student (secondary education total grade + English language subject + high-level degree in English language subject if available).
7. The priority of acceptance shall be among the students nominated for the faculty directly from the Coordination Office, while the admission of students transferred from other universities will be limited to the vacant places on the same original previously stated basis.
8. A decision shall be issued by the Faculty Council and approved by the President of the University and those who are included in the issued decision can be considered as accepted in Financial Market Program. The admission lists are announced in both the faculty’s headquarters and also on the official website of the program.
9. The accepted student will come to the program headquarters in Zamalek within the announced dates to complete the procedures for enrolling her/him in the program.
10. On the registration dates, the accepted student must attend the program headquarters in Zamalek to choose the courses that he will study, with the guidance of the academic advisor to register them and pay the tuition fees.
Bachelor’s requirements
To obtain a bachelor's degree in commerce in the specialty of financial markets and facilities, a study of 129 credit hours is distributed as follows:
1- General Requirements (12) credit hours.
o (6) Compulsory hours.
o (6) Hours for the student to choose among the elective courses.
2- Faculty Requirements (60) credit hours:
o (51) Compulsory hours
o (9) Hours a student chooses among the elective courses
3- Specialization requirements (57) credit hours o(48) Compulsory hours o(9) Hours a student chooses among the elective courses.
To inquire
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration - Helwan University - Zamalek
Tel: 25590000 - Ext: 1452 - Fax: 25541149
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